Claremont, Calif. - Simon Rosenbaum had nine RBI in the doubleheader, including a tying two-run single in the ninth in the opener and a pair of homers in the nightcap, but La Verne prevailed in both games, 9-5 in 10 innings in the opener and 14-9 in the nightcap on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
With the losses, the Sagehens slip to 9-17 overall and 5-13 in the SCIAC, while La Verne improves to 13-12 and 9-5 in the league.
Rosenbaum was 4-for-5 with two homers and seven RBI in the nightcap (hitting the top of the wall for a double and hitting the wall with a single in center that was hit too hard for him to advance to second). However, Joe Winterburn was 3-for-5 with eight RBI for La Verne to outduel Rosenbaum in his team's win.
In the third inning, Winterburn hit a three-run homer to put La Verne ahead 5-2, but Rosenbaum answered with a three-run homer in the bottom half to make the score 5-5. Jake Bruml added an RBI double to give the Sagehens a 6-5 lead after three innings.
Rosenbaum had a two-run single in the sixth to help bring Pomona-Pitzer within 10-9, but Winterburn had a two-run single in the top of the seventh to answer right back. Winterburn added one more two-run single in the ninth to finish off the scoring.
In the opening game, Lane Miles threw eight strong innings for the Sagehens, leaving with a 3-1 lead. La Verne, though, scored four times to pull ahead 5-3 as Ashton Edior reached on an infield single to score one run, and Woody Reyes tied it with a sacrifice fly, and George Hanna capped it off with a single.
The Sagehens fought back, though, as Coleman Lukas singled with out out, Tanner Nishioka drew a two-out walk, and Kenny Rabin went the other way with a single to load the bases. That brought up Rosenbaum, who found the 5-6 hole with a single to plate two runs and tie the score up 5-5.
Pomona-Pitzer nearly won the game on the next at bat, as E.J. Lopez drove a ball to deep center. However, Nolan Henley turned around and with his back to home plate, made a lunging over the shoulder catch before crashing to the ground with the game-saving catch. Henley then had a two-run double with the bases loaded in the 10th as part of a four-run inning.
The Sagehens will be back in action next weekend for a three-game series with Caltech.